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Arms Trade Bulletin

Arms Trade Highlights: September – October 2016

In Brazil two former executives of arms company Forjas Taurus are accused of diverting 8,000 small arms in 2013 to Yemen. The prosecutor claimed that the defendants committed fraud by disguising the final destination of the weapons, and also tried to hide the identity of the arms broker. The arms broker Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana’a […]

Arms Trade Highlights: July 2016

The present editorial is inspired by our recent experience at a European arms control event where we witnessed German arms officials seeking to whitewash Germany’s arms export policy. The double standard revealed by said officials is exemplary of the discrepancy between words and deeds as regards national arms export controls. Although far from being the […]

Arms Trade Highlights: May – June 2016

THERE IS NO ‘MR BIG’ by Brian Johnson-Thomas Hush – Terrorists get their weapons from governments…… Every so often one or other of us gets a phone call from some excited TV documentary producer or magazine journalist wanting to do a really big number on the, presumably, secretive villain who supplies the guns and ammunition […]

Arms Trade Highlights: March – April 2016

This edition of IPIS’ Arms Trade Bulletin highlights two international arms transfers that continue to create a stir in arms-related media coverage. These are namely, the Heckler & Koch arms deal with Mexico – inquiry into which has seen German journalists fall into the cross hairs of prosecuting authorities –, and the Franco-Saudi-Lebanese arms deal. […]

Arms Trade Highlights: January – February 2016

In our last editorial, we cautioned not to overlook government-approved arms transfers to unstable regions in the face of a focus on the illicit trafficking of arms used in terrorist attacks. Current events, especially surrounding arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and the situation in Yemen, confirm this concern. The conflict in Yemen continues to escalate. […]

Arms Trade Highlights: October – December 2015

2015 ended with sad news: the death of our colleague and friend, Sergio Finardi. The world has lost a brilliant arms trade and defence logistics researcher. Although publicly ignored by some, his research was freely copied by those same entities and often left uncredited. His mark on his field of expertise remains indelible. Some of […]

Arms Trade Highlights: June – July 2015

Recent years have seen increasing emphasis placed on the need to eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Governments – and civil society generally – have recognized the trade as contributing to insecurity that has occasioned mass human displacement on a scale not seen since the end of World War Two. When […]

Arms Trade Highlights: January – May 2015

The landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), regulating the international trade in conventional arms entered into force on 24 December 2014. With 130 State signatories and 69 ratifications to date, the Convention will see its first Conference of States Parties take place between 24 to 27 August 2015. Missing from the list of signatories are Canada, […]